NexGoal CEO Kevin Dahl and COO Brad Mullins recently met with former Ohio State head coach Jim Tressel and had the chance to discuss the transition that collegiate and professional football players face after their playing days are over.
One of the first points Tressel shared with NexGoal’s leadership was the fact that he has “over 2,500 kids that he has coached and a lot of their phone numbers are on his cell phone,” and he is there if they need his help. He said coaching doesn’t stop after they leave school, sometimes just answering that call, being an ear for them, and providing support and guidance is all they need.
A former college athlete himself (quarterback at Baldwin Wallace College) Coach Tressel noted the difference in demands on collegiate athletes between his playing days and his days at the helm of Youngstown State and Ohio State. He said most college players don’t have the opportunity to “put on a pair of work boots, or pick up a shovel and work at a summer job” because the demands of the sport are so high. Most of the players today stick around the campus for summer practice, conditioning, and work and Tressel acknowledged the difficulty in trying to find a summer job due to those time constraints.
Dahl and Mullins had the opportunity to share with Tressel the mission of NexGoal, working with former collegiate and professional athletes as they transition into careers with corporations looking to hire athletes. Coach recognized the need for this service and felt it is important to help athletes make the transition and provide a foundation that would allow them to progress in a job that fits their skill set. Additionally, Mullins shared franchising this concept, and how future NexGoal franchises “will just expand how many athletes we can help” by allowing more individuals to own their own business while still working with athletes.
The visit with Coach Tressel was a positive one – a great day with a great educator, human being, and coach.
For decade’s business of all sizes have benefited from the core traits that athletes bring to a corporate team. The athlete-candidate’s sports experience can provide hiring managers predictions of future performance. The athlete’s traits also contribute to the synergies of a winning business team.
So what do corporations desire that athletes bring to the table?
Through athletic team membership, most athletes become very familiar with the experience of working toward group goals. Team experiences teach the goals of the organization come first before egos and personal goals.
Athletes need to maintain a high level of discipline to achieve their goals. They must effectively organize their time, adhere to strict schedules and give maximum effort on a regular basis. The athlete must possess inner self-drive and concentrate energies, screening out competing priorities to be successful.
Competitive passion is the lifeblood of collegiate and professional athletes. Athletes gain experience in the rigors of winning and losing and they look forward to the opportunity to fight more battles, further test their abilities and consistently “test their metal” against tough opposition. – run on
Athletes have had to maintain a demanding schedule during their collegiate and/or professional sports career including extracurricular activities, student organizations, social functions and a full academic load. Athletes must balance a full-time academic workload, commitment to athletics including travel to competitions.
Athletes are tested by both success and failures and when they fail, they get back up and try again. Anyone who competes in sports cannot avoid the experience of failure. Athletes learn to face failure, remain positive and press on.
Athletes must believe in their own ability to produce effectively under pressure even when the odds are heavily stacked against them. The ability to approach tough performance situations with optimism is crucial. Athletes practice maintaining self-confidence, especially under tense circumstances.
Athletes work long and hard toward distant rewards and have the ability to give their maximum effort whenever necessary. Athletes continually need to perform under adverse circumstance. They believe that the intensity of effort, sufficient preparation and determination will eventually pay off.
Athletes develop the ability to concentrate their energies and attention over an extended period of time. Athletes also gain the ability to block out distractions while they proceed toward their goals.
Athletes have a bond to their team which is expressed in the willingness to support team efforts under any circumstances. Loyalty contributes to the morale of a team as it enables each team member to trust that others are working toward the same ends.
REACT WELL TO CRITICISM
The athlete’s performance on the field is watched closely and receives constant criticism on their performance. Coaches recommend changes and develop athletes to cope with the feeling that they need to continually develop themselves to higher levels of performance. Athletes are coachable and take direction well. They are good listeners and see constructive criticism as invaluable to achieving their goal.
The hiring wants and needs of our corporate clients match up with the above athlete traits. This leads to great hires. At NexGoal we facilitate that hiring process for our clients. Check out our website for more information on our process of recruiting as well as our franchise opportunities: www.nexgoal.com
If you’re an athlete looking for a new career or looking for a business opportunity, give NexGoal a call at 1-877-2NexGoal